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Just got our 3 month old Grey
« on: November 17, 2015, 02:08:19 PM »

We just got our 3 month old Grey on Friday (13th). She is fully weaned but, as I say, still only 12 weeks old.

She's been quite hyperactive in the cage, jumping about, climbing all over the place etc. I assume this is the first proper cage she's been in so she's getting used to it. She regularly sleeps throughout the day. Anyhow, I did try to bring her out on Saturday to go on the playstand on top of the cage. However, she seems very nervous and she ended up flying off me (not wing-clipped) to the other end of the room. I had to then carefully grab her bodily and put her back in the cage.

My question is: when should I start attempting to get her to step up on my hand so I can take her outside the cage? Should I be doing this immediately or waiting a while to build up trust? Currently I feed her the odd bit of food through the cage and tickle her but I haven't attmepted to get her out of the cage or step up on my arm since Saturday.

She also seems to make strange noises and behaviour when I go up to the cage, walk by, or she sees me looking at her from the sofa. She looks up at me a little frantically and starts making sort of whining noises, similar to the noise dogs sometimes make if they're frustrated and want something. I don't know whether she feels threatened or something?

I can only assume it's because she's so young?

Today is the first day she seems to not be so hyperactive and not going down to the floor of the cage to mess about with the newspaper.


Thanks in advance!
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Re: Just got our 3 month old Grey
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2015, 02:18:00 PM »

it all takes time, you've only had her a few days and she's going to need to build up trust of you.

Often it doesn't take long and it's just a case of them accepting food from you and realising that you are quite safe.

I would open her door but don't approach her for a while, then gradually begin walking past her cage, getting closer so that she knows there's no threat.

Offer your hand but don't try to force it, maybe open the cage door and have a treat in your hand, but if she shows signs that she is nervous, then stop and try again later.

She will get the message that you are quite safe eventually, but don't try to rush anything as you can set it back in a negative way

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Re: Just got our 3 month old Grey
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2015, 02:37:16 PM »

it all takes time, you've only had her a few days and she's going to need to build up trust of you.

Often it doesn't take long and it's just a case of them accepting food from you and realising that you are quite safe.

I would open her door but don't approach her for a while, then gradually begin walking past her cage, getting closer so that she knows there's no threat.

Offer your hand but don't try to force it, maybe open the cage door and have a treat in your hand, but if she shows signs that she is nervous, then stop and try again later.

She will get the message that you are quite safe eventually, but don't try to rush anything as you can set it back in a negative way

Thanks for the advice. :)

The cage is in our living room (we live in a small flat, only place for it atm) so we're going past all the time. Hopefully she'll settle down soon because of that.

I did manage to get her to step up on my arm inside the cage using a treat. She was pretty reluctant at first but eventually took the plunge. She didn't seem that eager to get off, which I guess is good news?
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Re: Just got our 3 month old Grey
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2015, 02:42:53 PM »

Yeah definitely good news, it's baby steps & try not to stress too much about it, you are both just learning to understand each other. It will be worth it :)
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Re: Just got our 3 month old Grey
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2015, 12:49:35 PM »

Hi

Our new baby Harli is 2 weeks older than your new edition so interested to hear how you are getting on. Harli is our first parrot so always worried in case we get it wrong lol.

Not sure if Harli is a boy or girl but Hubby says he so going with that for now.

He is chattering away but only managed to say Hello and Step Up clear enough to understand. Now says Step Up if we go near cage and he wants out! not sure who is training who at the minute. :-)


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